This Sunday at Worthing Charmandean we look forward to welcoming Kirk’s Carvings back with their wonderful hand crafted wooden creations. Find out more…
Please introduce yourself and your brand….
Hi, my name is Simon and I am a wood turner. I make products that are attractive yet functional. These include, bowls to beakers, chopping boards to cheese knives and pens to pepper grinders. I use mainly local woods, such as Beech, Sycamore and Oak but I do also turn a variety of exotic woods like Purple Heart, Olive wood and Zebrano.
How would you describe your style and your creations?
I do most of my work on a lathe using a variety of chisels in all shapes and sizes. I finish all products by sanding and sealing the wood using finishes such as bees wax, shellac and polyurethane – most of which are food safe for the practical items like bowls and chopping boards.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The surprise. Whether I have cut a piece of wood myself or purchased it, as soon as the lathe starts spinning I’m always surprised with the wood pattern that appears. No two items I turn are the same, as each piece of wood holds it’s own design and dictates how it will look. Whether it’s with a hidden knot or an image which appears made by the spalting – there was the perfect outline of an elephant in a bowl once!
What can we expect to find on your stall at So This is Christmas Worthing on December 6th? And are you looking forward to taking part?
There will be lots of bowls, in all colours and sizes! Also, fountain pens, pepper grinders, vases, tealight candle holders, bottle stoppers, chopping boards and some christmas themed ornaments and decorations. I’m really looking forward to taking part – the Fairy Tale Fairs are always fun, interactive events!
Do you have any plans or ambitions for the future?
To continue what I am doing and grow my business. I’d like to work with some different woods and see what other surprises they hold.
Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?
Never ask why, always ask why not. (My step-grandad!)
How can we find out more about you?
Check out my website and facebook page at: